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      24.02.2014 10:45
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      great bit of kit. worth investing in

      We bought a Kinect a couple of years ago for Christmas as her eldest daughter enjoys dancing and we thought that this would be a nice little surprise for her as there were a number of dancing games about at the time. I was initially surprised at how much it was going to cost. I thought it would have come down in price a little bit. But it was an investment that was definitely worth while.

      I had used a Kinect at my brothers house before and we had always had lots of laughs while using it. It is a great way to get some exercise inside the home while having fun with your family. And after a few drinks the laughter starts to get out of control.

      There are wide range of games that have started to come out for the Kinect as well. But as I say we initially bought it for my partners eldest daughter to use for her dancing games. As a family we have spent many a night dancing and playing a few of the sports games that are available for the Kinect. The time passes by so quickly and before you know it a few hours will have easily passed.

      I am not someone who is usually very interested in technology and how it works so I can't really talk too much at great length on how the Kinect actually works. I just know that it works based on motion detecting sensors.

      You will need a bit of space to be able to get the most out using the Kinect. But it will supply you with hours of entertainment which can be a great way for the family to bond, or just to have good night in with friends and family. It isn't cheap but it is definitely worth investing in one.

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      Be the controller, Stay in control, Staying fit whilst having fun.

      KINECT SENSOR
      The Kinect for Xbox 360 is a motion sensor, created by Microsoft, released in November 2010 and which responds to certain movements and voice commands, which connects via USB to the back of Xbox 360 consoles; the older versions of the Xbox 360 will need a power pack which will require an extra plug socket, which can be bought with the Kinect depending on the package.


      SIZE AND SET UP
      The Kinect should be placed central of your televisions screen either above or below; there are separate Kinect clips you can purchase, for it to clip onto the top of your flat screen televisions, if you choose to connect it this way. The sleek, black gloss finish blends in well with most modern TVs and is a decent size without it looking out of place - The Kinect head (the rectangular part) is 11 inches width x 2.5 in depth x 1.5 inches height. The base is 3 inches width x 3 inches depth x 1.5 inches height.
      A few limited edition colours are available with limited edition consoles.

      The Kinect itself is easy to set up, you don't need much space as it detects the room around you and adjusts itself (although they do suggest 6 ft of space) just follow the instructions on the screen to configure, you are given a card with a smiley face on the front (this comes with most games, including Kinect Adventures, that usually comes with the Kinect) make sure you keep this card for later use if you need or want to re-calibrate.
      Set up only needs to be done the once, unless you move your Kinect or have any issues.


      GAMING
      With Kinect for Xbox 360, you are the controller, using your voice and body movements to control the menus and games.

      Most Xbox 360 games now have some sort of Kinect control for combined use of your handheld controller, voice commands and certain motion movements, but do not require the Kinect to play.

      There are an increasing amount of games that were created solely for the Kinect use only, and require the Kinect to play; these are mainly sports, dance and exercise games, and fun for all the family with lots of variety of features.

      You can usually recognise the full Kinect games with the purple DVD case, instead of the usual green Xbox cases and it will say under the Xbox 360 banner, on the front of the case that Xbox is required. The games that have the option with Kinect, but do not require it, will have a purple banner, under the Xbox 360 banner on the front of the case (usually Green DVD style case) stating 'Better with Kinect.'


      VOICE COMMANDS
      The Kinect and Xbox isn't just for gaming, there are also lots of other apps and features, which you can control via Kinect.

      I have found that the voice control usually responds better to deeper voices, but does work with other accents and voices too. To activate the voice commands, you need to say 'Xbox' and a black bar should appear on the bottom of the screen. You can use voice commands to select your activities, certain options in menus, games and even play, pause, rewind etc. films and more.

      Overall the voice commands are very responsive and work quite well, you can recalibrate the voice commands, if needed and work better without background noise.


      SAFETY
      The Kinect is much safer than the similar consoles, because there is no controller, so no accidental remote throwing.

      It does also include a feature where a message pops up on the screen, 'Feeling tired or sore? Take a break' to make you aware, if you are having so much fun, that you might need a break.

      If someone was to walk very close to you whilst playing the Kinect, it sometimes pauses the game, so there are no accidental injuries, for the player and person walking past. (The player will need to wave at the screen to get the game going again.)


      MY EXPERIENCE
      I love my Kinect, when we first purchased it in a sale, for around £140 at Game a few years ago, it came with a few games, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and Kinectimals. We were living in a first floor apartment, so we were limited to which games we play, trying not to jump and make too much noise.
      Our current house we can jump, run and dance to our pleasure, making the most out of our Kinect and games. It looks great on our TV, keeps us fit whilst having fun, gives us time together and makes watching films so much easier, without being able to lose the remote.


      MY RECOMMENDED GAMES
      Kinectimals (Kinect Required) - Perfect for anyone who loves animals, especially if you children would like a pet and are unable to have one, you choose your pet, train your pet, find treasures, play with your pet, clean your pet, the more you do, the more adventure you unlock and places you can explore.

      Kinect Sports (Kinect required) - Includes soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, track and field, and boxing. For single player, two player, online play, party play, fun for everyone.

      Angry Birds Trilogy (Kinect Optional) - Includes Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Classic and Angry Birds Rio, simple game to play, very popular on other devices, fling your birds to try and hit the blocks and kill the pigs, lots to do and earn, can you three star every level? Use your Kinect to pull back the sling shot and fling your birds.


      RECOMMENDATION
      I would highly recommend the Kinect Sensor, especially if you already own an Xbox 360 and if you don't, an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle are great value for money as so much fun, great for single player use and party entertainment, you can also play against people online and make new friends (if you have Xbox Live)

      It is great for all ages and brings people together, keeping people active, fun filled activities, no matter what your interests, there is something for you.

      Feel the force with the Star Wars Game, become a Jedi, even though you will feel like you have magical powers, waving your hands around, controlling the games and console.

      Very responsive sound and picture, improving all the time, with the newer console now being released you can pick up second hand Xbox 360 Kinect for between £30-£40.

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        26.03.2013 14:25
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        Recommended for Kinect only games but it can be a pain in the backside at the best of times.

        This sensor is required for certain xbox 360 games and improves others like Forza 4 that work with it for things like Auto Vista mode. The sensor can be used in pretty much any room of the house but does need a little space to play.

        The sensor is sometimes glitchy and inaccurate, often pausing the game despite me being obviously within range of the sensor. It does this because it flicks about the "skeleton" on the sensor, and makes it move about when i'm not doing anything. Calibration does sometimes help but the problem persists and requires a fix several times a week.

        The sensor is easy to set up but takes time. They do provide you with a smiley face on a card to help calibrate your Kinect but this doesn't help the fact that it messes itself up. For example, it automatically looks to the floor for no obvious reason. I have to manually move it up and down in the tracking menu because it's so thick it can't do it itself.

        When playing this can be a pain to use. There have been many times where I've punched blocks perfectly on Your Shape FE and because the kinect didn't track my arms properly or make any attempt to actually bother watching my arms cross down instead of across my body, it doesn't always register.

        The sensor is made from thick plastic but it does scratch easily and collect dust. Cleaning the little vents either side is a nightmare, they're so small and fiddly that dust quickly builds up and it takes a long time to get out. If you accidentally knock it sometimes it locks in place with a red light and has to be re-calibrated for the ten billionth time.

        It can track two players at one and I have actually found that this works quite well. If someone suddenly joins in your game it can detect whether they are just moving through your play space or whether they want to join in. On most menus you do need to hold your hand up and hold it in place if you want to select something but equally because its so glitchy it can take several minutes of accidentally pressing the wrong menu's before you get to the one you actually want.

        Overall this is just a gimmick. It was designed to make Microsoft money. It can be fun and yes it does work sometimes, but its incredibly glitchy, badly made and isn't that practical. I hope Kinect 2.0 is an improvement, as this barely scrapes 2 stars for me.

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          18.12.2012 21:10

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          great

          I recently purchased my Kinect, and I have been having fun with it ever since. While playing with it by yourself is fun, it makes it much better when you play co-op games with friends or family. I feel kind of strage standing in my living room by myself jumping all around, but with other people, it seems to be ok.

          The kinect library has a good amount of games, and it continues to grow. My favorite games are the dance games. They are fun, pretty challenging, and really give you a great workout. There are games for all levels though. Some games are geared more towards children (kinectanimals), but there are others complex enough for adults (dance central, tiger woods).

          The Kinect is very easy to set up. The first time you install it, it takes about 10 minutes to calibrate. The on screen instructions are very easy to follow. You mainly have to make small movements, and it recognizes your room, size, furniture, lighting.

          I think the Kinect is good for any Xbox owner looking for a different way to play games. It's a good accessory to have, and will add hours of fun.

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          08.09.2012 17:35
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          I'd definitely recommend, I love mine!

          I got my Kinect sensor at the same time as my Xbox 360 as I had tried out a friend's and was completely taken with the idea. I still use my Kinect regularly months later so it was a good decision and I've got my money's worth!

          The kinect is a sensor separate to the console itself that you place in front of the TV and is connected via wires to the Xbox. It isn't unattractive but it is bigger than I expected. Its a sleek black colour so wouldn't look out of place with most modern televisions.

          The Kinect is, basically, like magic. I'm not that old but to me it seems like the sort of futuristic wondrous invention we could only dream of as children playing tetris on chunky gameboys! With no controller at all the kinect can sense your body's movements and instantaneously translate them to actions within the game. The first time I used my hand to make selections I really did feel like a Jedi using the force!

          The Kinect was incredibly easy to set up, it was as simple as plugging it all in and then following simple on screen instructions. It did take a little while as the kinect has to assess the room its placed in and things like background noise, but it wasn't really much of an inconvenience at all.

          The novelty of using your body as the controller hasn't worn off yet, it really gives the Kinect the edge over the Wii as it is so much quicker and easier to just turn on and start playing without having to faff around with various bits of equipment.

          The only downside to the Kinect is that as of yet there aren't really all that many games being produced that use it, and most of them are of the fitness/sport/dance variety. I enjoy these games and I do think the Kinect can be a great tool for keeping fit as you get a really good whole body workout from some of these games in the comfort of your own home. However, it would be nice to see more games that use the Kinect and also engage the brain a bit, keeping you absorbed rather than just sweating!

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            03.09.2012 02:28
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            We don't use it much

            Hi! It's me again! I don't really review technology all that often, you're more likely to find me reviewing tasty (or not so tasty as the case may be) food and/or baby slings. But never-the-less I'm going to give it my best shot to come up with a decent review, and I'll try and take into consideration any pointers I may be given to make it better!

            Right let's start with the all important specs shall we?

            This tiny little thing retails at about £130, I got it for £129 from isme.com. It requires a kinect ready Xbox 360 so you're looking at buying a new one if you want this which retails at about £200, so in all you're looking at about £300 - £400! We also got kinect adventures and kinectimals included when we bought this on a BNPL deal. My other half is a big gamer so we had it on pre-order a couple of months in advance and it came just a couple of days after it was released! The excitement was second to none, personally I don't get the big hype over it as for all intents and purposes I'm not a gamer. There's only a couple of games that I will play on there!
            But anyway! Going off tangent a little there!

            **Look & feel**

            It looks pretty neat, it's black and shiny and fits perfectly on our TV unit. As soon as you switch it on it moves up and down as it sets the sensor up and a red light appears where the infrared sensor is. You have to sit this on a flat surface that isn't on the floor, for us this is the shelf above our TV in the middle of some DVDs! It feels good to use and it's fairly simple as there's no controllers, although it does take a bit of getting used to, and we have be known to turn it on by accident, just by moving our hand.

            **Robustness and durability**

            It's pretty durable. Obviously it hasn't been toddler/child tested as it is kept firmly out of the way of little hand. and it has yet to fall or be dropped from where it is, as it's in a pretty safe spot.
            Responsiveness

            This thing is VERY responsive, and while it's a good thing, it can be a major hassle. If you're on the xbox menu and you accidentally move your hand, it goes to kinect. If you're talking about kinect and you're on the xbox menu, and say the word not thinking, it goes to the kinect menu. Yes, you can just say cancel but it doesn't always work as there seems to be a few bugs in the system which haven't completely been straightened out yet, and of course it has to register what you've said which can sometime be a bit slow.
            On the other hand I've played Zumba on it, and although it takes a bit to get the game set up the responsiveness is great and it follows your body movements with ease and grace.

            **Extra features**

            I guess the extra features speak for themselves really. I would class the extra features as the fact that with the sensor you get; A motion sensor, webcam, and voice recognition all in one. You can have video calls with friends, and in group calls you have the option to see everyone or concentrate on just one person with face recognition. We had a lot of fun with this, and it is definitely the most fun of the extra features. The only downside we found is that when there is more than one person it lags a lot, and sometimes freezes. which can be frustrating but we had a giggle with the freeze frames and expressions it sometimes froze in!

            **Instruction manual**

            The manual was easy to follow, very informative and had picture diagrams to follow. With the help of the manual my partner managed to set up the sensor in around 30 minutes, which to me, isn't bad!

            **Manufacturer support**

            Can't really comment on this, as we've had zero problems with our kinect so far so haven't needed to contact them, which I think is a good thing!

            **Value for money**

            I must admit, when my partner told me the price of the kinect and new 360 combined. I wasn't very happy to say the least, and I may have sworn and cursed at him that we weren't getting it under any circumstances until the price had gone down! Obviously I didn't win that argument! For me the only good thing for this with me is the fact that I can do fitness exercises on the Xbox now. However if I couldn't I probably wouldn't use it. The features on it are great and I love the fact that for some games I don't need a controller, but there just isn't enough variety of games currently to make it worth the money. Obviously this may change in the future as more games are made for it, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends but I wish it was a bit cheaper for what it is!

            ** Also posted on ciao under the same name **

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            a little disappointing after all the hype.

            The Kinect was a pretty revolutionary piece of equipment when it was first launched and I was beside myself with excitement to try it out when it was first released. However after two weeks or so the novelty completely wore off. One issue is the amount of space you need to play a game properly and I got a bit sick of moving the furniture about every time I wanted a game. Having said that it is very responsive to little movements which makes it much better than the Wii. There are a few good games which you can use with it but it hasn't been integrated perfectly, for example the voice command when playing Skyrim is incredibly irritating as you just get told that the game does not understand the request. It seems that a huge opportunity has been missed here; it had so much potential but fell a little short of expectations. I thought I would be running around, shouting commands and being really interactive with my games however this was not the case, the body movements it understands can be limited when not playing one of the "Kinect" designed games (such as Kinectimals).

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            Great family fun, but the novelty soon wears off..

            When Kinect was first rumoured (known at that time as Project Natal) I was so excited about the prospect and thought it sounded extremely promising. I waited, for what seemed like years, for the product to finally come to fruition and when Kinect finally launched I grabbed one, along with the bundled Kinect Adventures game.

            Set up was fairly straighforward, consisting of unpacking the box contents, connecting the Kinect sensor to a plug socket and also to the Xbox 360 via USB. The software on the Xbox will then take you through the setup of the sensor and get it up and running within a few minutes so you can start playing games with Kinect.

            The first thing that became apparent when using Kinect was that you need a LOT of space in front of your telly! For single player games you can make do with about 6-7' sqaure of space, but for 2 people to play together you'll need more like 8-10' square space in front of the Kinect bar. So relegate the large coffee table to the hall and part your sofas, because if you want to play Kinect games safely, you'll need more space than you likely have immediately available!

            Once you get set up and make room to play, the games can begin. Kinect adventures itself is filled with various fun mini-games (for want of a better word) that demonstrate the sensor well, and introduce you to the ways of Kinect and what it's capable of. The game isn't super impressive, but it is a lot of fun to play, and does a good job of showing off the new technology.

            The Kinect sensor itself is very impressive, constantly tracking your body and capturing even your smallest movements. It works really well and I found it more responsive than I assumed it would be. I was extremely impressed with the technology and how clever it was, along with how well it worked in general.

            In time, the novelty of Kinect wore off, since after the initial thrill of Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports, there wasn't a great deal left for me. There were a few childish games that I was not interested in, but there was the promise of bigger and better games in the pipeline, with exciting ideas for how the sensor would enhance future big release titles. This never really happened, in my opinion, and even now I only have Kinect Sports Season 2 in addition to the older games, which is another good addition to the range but again, the novelty soon wears off. Ultimately, I am very disappointed with the progress of Kinect and the lack of big budget games enhanced for Kinect control. The technology is there, and it works a treat, but developers are not making use of it as they should be.

            One other issue is that, because the sensor relies on ambient light to help track body movements, you cannot play in a darkened room, or, for example, using a projector (as I would have liked) because for the projected image to look its best, I use it in the dark, but this is not very good for use with Kinect because the lack of light makes the sensor less reliable and not so responsive.

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            14.02.2012 17:39
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            Fun and easy game control

            I loved the idea of a sensor for playing video games. So when the Wii came out I went straight out to buy it and at the time I did think it was great, I could control my character with a remote, rather than pressing buttons and wheels.

            When the Xbox brought out Kinect I thought it would be similar to the Wii, jumpy, not very reactive and at times difficult to control. I was very wrong!

            We got a Kinect for Christmas and I wasn't that interested in it for myself. I watched everyone else play it and thought that it did look quite good, but you can't always tell until you play it for yourself. I thought it was a great idea that the kinect followed your body movements and no remote or controller was required, we've often had the arguement over putting on the wrist straps with the Wii!

            The Kinect simply tracks your body's movements. If a game requires you to jump, you simply jump, no controller and it for me it has tracked my movements accurately every single time.

            I think the Kinect is great and does make the technology of the Wii look pretty laime in comparison, but then the games are different so I do still have both. There is a growing amount of games available for the Kinect. We have quite a few now and the good thing is that prices are starting to go down quite a bit.

            I love games like Zumbe, I cant dance around my living room, no wires, controllers or straps around me, completely free and I can watch myself on the TV at the same time to see how I'm doing. I can also watch a reply afterwards as well, which if nothing else is always good for a laugh, or even diet motivation.

            The Kinect does sell for around £129, which isn't cheap, but if you shop well you can pick up some good deals and for us it was well worth the money.

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            A great toy capable of so much we can't even imagine it yet!

            In the console wars, Xbox 360 has been the one to go for for years now. The PS3 doesn't have the developer support a console needs, and the online experience is not regulated enough, not to mention the excessive 'patching'. The Wii was never much of a competetor in my mind, but it always had that one thing going for it - the movement. This really is fun for all the family. With the advent of the Kinect Microsoft have gone one better - now you don't need to hold a controller, because you are the controller!

            The Kinect was easy enough to set up, but you must heed the instructions - you need a LOT of room. I rearranged the whole lounge room to make enough space, and now it's just about playable by two in a 7x6ft area, but it's a squeeze. Simply plug it in, and turn on the Xbox 360. It will be detected and installed automatically. It takes a bit of time to get used to the commands, and talking to it, but once you have it's great fun and has amazing potential.

            This is a fantastic piece of technology to have in your living room for less than a hundred quid - interventional radiologists and heart surgeons are using them to visualize and manipulate detailed scans during operations, just to give you some idea how futuristic this is.

            It came with Kinect Adventures, which is a simple bit of family gaming fun but won't win any awards for originality, but does introduce you nicely to the Kinect. I also have Your Shape - Fitness Evolved, which works astoundingly well, amongst other things doing aerobics, yoga, and boxing in your lounge is great!

            Aside from the caution regarding space, I would say that it's worth getting a bracket to sit your Kinect on top of your TV, as it works best when positioned at eye level. You can also buy a lens to clip on to the Kinect's camera that will narrow the angle and effectively reduce the required space.

            All in all a great toy capable of so much we can't even imagine it yet!

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              Better than the Wii!

              The Kinect picks up your moves very well and you don't even need a controller as your body is THE controller! This gives you much more freedom and allows you to fully enjoy the games without having to worry about hitting people with your remote! It also allows you to move your arms more, giving you a sense of freedom. It's much much better than the Wii as you aren't restricted in any way. Great stuff! Plus you don't need any batteries.

              You have to give yourself a LOT of room in order for the Kinect to work. It lets you know if you need to move backwards or forwards but you get better results if you move further back so move some furniture if you can! It picks you up well and you can play by yourself or as a team (depending on which game you are playing!).

              The Kinect has a nice finish to it. It's pretty sleek and elegant. It's black in colour so it fits well with the X Box console. You can buy the Kinect on it's own for just over £100 or you can buy it as a package with the console itself. It's a little expensive but it's worth it.

              A great little gadget. It's easy to set up too and it doesn't require any assembly whatsoever. You simply just take it out of the box and plug in it, then you're ready to go!

              Great stuff!

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              A fantastic product, although there are a few minor flaws, highly recommended though!

              Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360

              We bought our Xbox 360 and the kinect sensor as a bundle package about 6 months ago and I really like the sensor as it makes the games even more interactive and in my opinion it makes the Nintendo Wii look a bit outdated. The kinect sensor can be bought as part of a bundle package or separately but I think it is more cost effective to buy it as part of a bundle (if you do not have an xbox 360 already).

              - Description and specifications

              *3D depth sensors
              *RGB (red blue green) camera
              *Multiple microphones
              *Motorized tilt
              *Depth sensor range: 1.2m - 3.5m
              *Skeletal tracking system - tracks 20 joints per active player
              *Facial and voice recognition

              - Appearance

              The sensor looks quite sleek and expensive in my opinion and as the sensor is black it blends really well with our TV which is also a glossy black colour, so the sensor does not stand out. The sensor does have some lights on it but they only light up when the sensor is in use. The sensor itself is quite big (but fairly lightweight) but again it blends in with the colour of the TV behind it, so it is not massively noticeable.

              - Setting up

              Setting up the sensor with the TV/surroundings/Xbox was not very difficult and the instruction booklet is really easy to follow and it contains tips on how to position the sensor and about the optimum sensor location. Firstly you need to place the sensor on a stable surface, our kinect sensor is placed in the middle of the TV stand in front of the TV. You can buy a mounting stand which can be placed on the top of your TV monitor to hold the sensor but in my opinion it would look a bit strange as the sensor is large and if it was placed on top of the monitor it would be very noticeable but the sensor may be more responsive of your movements (this mounting stand is independent of the kinect package, you have to buy it separately). Secondly you need to connect your sensor to the Xbox console via the cable you get with the kinect. Thirdly, you need to move the furniture/objects out of the line of view of the sensor. Then you can insert the game disk and when you first use the kinect you will go through the step by step set up process to calibrate your kinect sensor - this is an on-screen guided process in which only one person can be in the view of the sensor. Once this quick on screen step up is complete you can then play a kinect game.

              - Games for the Xbox 360 and kinect sensor

              Once the kinect sensor is set up you can then play a kinect game of which there are a few available including: kinect adventures, fighter uncaged, fantastic pets, Michael Jackson: the experience, kinect sports, Disneyland adventures, Dance central, Grease dance, Zumba fitness (which we had and we found it very disappointing) and many more. The kinect games we have are as follows: Zumba fitness, Kinect adventures (previously reviewed), Kinect sports and lastly, Your shape fitness evolved (which is a fantastic game in my opinion).

              - Using the sensor with the: 'Your shape fitness evolved' game

              In in my opinion this game is the best game I have tried in which is really demonstrates the use, capabilities and interactive nature of the kinect sensor. All of the kinect games are fully controlled by your body movements but with this game you use all of your body to play the games and to navigate the game menus too. Navigating around this games menus is fairly easy using the kinect sensor. Although with this game there are quite a few menus, so in my opinion it would be a bit quicker and easier to navigate the menus with an actual physical controller - as the sensor can be a bit sensitive. For example, if you want to 'click' on an opinion you have to hold your hand out to the sensor so that the cursor on screen hovers over the option but the sensor can detect very slight movements and make your hand move off the object on the screen easily. Apart from the sensitivity of the sensor when navigating the game menus, the sensor is fantastic with this game as it can track your whole body movements easily and to a really life time. There is no delay with your own movements and the on screen characters movements (provided you have calibrated the sensor correctly). This game allows the full capabilities of the sensor to be used as on the main menu screen for this game you can either choose your character to be displayed as an 'avatar/human analog' character which has your exact body shape, even down to the shape of the clothing you are wearing - or you can chose the skins mode where it is actually you on the screen! This mode is my favorite as it actually shows you on the screen, it shows your clothing, your hair, your face and it shows your movements in a real life, real time way! This game has mini games on it including: yoga, cardio boxing, dancing, personalized workout regimes and gym games - all of which utilize the sensors ability to track movements accurately which makes the game very interactive and immersive in my opinion. Overall, this game is fantastic for utilizing the kinect sensors abilities and capabilities and the sensor makes this game a fantastic interactive, immersive work out!

              - Using the sensor with other games

              Another game which is great to use with the kinect sensor is: Kinect sports. Kinect sports is a game that can be bought separately or as part of some Xbox/Kinect bundles. This game contains various sports such as boxing, track and field, bowling, table tennis, volleyball and football. The sensor makes this game very much like real life - expect for the screen in front of you! This game is able to support up to four players, so it would be a good game to play with friends/family - especially as the sensor makes the game very interactive and the sensor and its capabilities gains looks of wonder as people play the various kinect games. The sensor makes playing sports a lot more realistic when compared to playing games using a controller. For example, the sensor makes boxing, tennis and bowling a lot more interactive and realistic when compared to the Wii versions of this game (such as Wii sports).

              Zumba fitness is another game that is good with the sensor as it accurately tracks your movements and makes your characters dance the way you do, although myself and my sister found this game to be very disappointing and difficult as well. Overall, there are a lot of different games specifically for the kinect and it makes game play a lot more interactive, enjoyable, immersive and it also makes playing games with friends/family more of a social experience. The exercise games for kinect are also really good, such as the 'Your shape fitness' as it actually gets you up and moving more, especially when compared to the Wii exercise games.

              - Other features

              The kinect also has a built in camera, so when you are playing certain games the camera will take photographs of the players. This feature is used in the 'Kinect adventures' games (previously reviewed) in which during the game the camera will take pictures of the players and at the end of each mini game the photographs will be shown, this is a great feature in my opinion especially if friends and family are present. The embarrassing and humorous images can be deleted or stored - it is safe to say that all of the images taken on our kinect sensor were deleted by me! The sensor also has a built in microphone so if you have xbox live you will be able to speak/interact with others during a game - the sensor also has voice recognition software.

              - Overall opinion on the kinect sensor

              Overall, I like the kinect sensor, it makes various games really interactive and more immersive. The sensor is very accurate and it recognizes players by their body shape/height. The sensor makes your characters movements the same as yours. Although when navigating through a games option menus it may be easier to use a physical controller but other than this and the fact that the sensor can be a little bit too sensitive some times, it is a fantastic product - I would definitely recommend this product to others.

              - Price and availability

              The kinect sensor we have was bought as part of a xbox 360 bundle in which we received the sensor and the kinect sports game. You can buy these bundle/packs from play.com, Next, Tesco, Pc world/Currys and John lewis with prices ranging from £299.95 to £274.95 for the whole bundle. Also the mounting stand for the sensor can be bought from play.com for £5 (price as of 26/11/11).

              Conclusions

              Positives

              *Appearance - sleek, expensive looking design
              *Ease to set up and use
              *Makes game play so much more interactive and is great for co-op gaming - and it also makes game play with friends and family a more social experience
              *The exercise games for the xbox and kinect are great, such as the 'Your shape fitness evolved'


              Negatives

              *The sensor can be a little bit too sensitive or not sensitive enough on different games
              *Can be a little bit slow in reacting to your movements during some games

              Thank you for reading my review, this review is already posted on ciao under my username labellavita1992

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                22.11.2011 23:46

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                Great piece of kit, need to make sure you buy right version

                I must say this first people, before buying a kinect make sure you get the right version for yourself.

                If you have a old xbox 360 (i.e the one without the internal wireless card and has smooth curves rather than the smaller more angular slim version) make sure you buy the version that comes with a power supply unit (PSU), as the older xbox 360 does not have the necessary port that could supply enough charge to both activate the device and communicate with it. I only say this because if you get the one with a PSU it'll cost about £5 - £10 more than the non PSU version, however if you try and get the PSU on its own you'll be looking at closer towards the £30 margin.

                Ok on with the review, now to use the kinect on your device you'll need to update your xbox's firmware to the latest version (unless you have the slim unit in which case you can just plug it in) to do this you can either update your xbox 360 via the internet or better yet just put in a kinect only game disc and update via the disc (this is both safer and faster than the internet option), once you've updated the firmware you'll be invited to setup the kinect, make sure that you do not move the kinect while its doing this and make sure the location you put the kinect is secure as you do not want it falling.

                The kinect can detect not only detect the motions you give but also the distance thanks to the dual cameras, this not only means that you can play at a distance from the TV (actually you need to be at least 2 feet from the sensor which makes screen glare and eye damage much less than sitting right in front of the TV), now considering most tech and gadgets that doing anything remotely close to what the kinect does is costs much more than the kinect's RRP.

                Thou the kinect is a very impressive piece of kit , at the end of the day it is at the end of the day a gadget, the motion controls and voice detection (yes it has this also) impressive thou it seems does have one flaw, that is the room you need to use the device, you need to have space enough to use the device two feet from the sensor and four feet span to allow side to side movement.

                Even thou I owned the kinect for some time now I've not got that many games for it, the only game I current play that could use the kinect is Fourza 4 and even then I've not yet tried the kinect controls, however for the kinect exclusive Dance central (yes I do look like a tool when I play this) it does make the game very fun, and it also open doors for more casual gamers or younger gamers.

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                18.11.2011 02:45
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                A great bit of kit!

                ===XBOX Kinect===

                I must start this review by first mentioning this important point.
                If you are reading this review before going out and buying Kinect read on, if you all ready have it and just want to see other peoples opinions on this then you are free to skip this section!

                *Make sure you have the room.
                Kinect acts very much like the Wii only much better! With the Wii you pretty much need to keep the remote in the sensor bars range.
                Kinect uses your whole body as a giant remote. You do need a lot of space in order to use this, I am quite lucky as my front room and living room are together so to speak with just a large arch in between, which does give us plenty of room, but should I not have the two rooms as one I would never have been able to use Kinect.

                This is my son's but he can't use it in his room as he simply doesn't have the space, so whe he want's to use it, he brings down his XBOX to use in the living room.

                So there, you've had your warning!


                As we have the newer XBOX 360 slim the Kinect plugs directly into the console, f you have the older style 360 then you will need to to purchase a separate adaptor.
                Once you are set up, you then configure it for face and voice recognition, this is fun and easy to do, my son does it a lot quicker than me though!

                There's a nice selection of Kinect compatible games available, these generally come in a purple case rather than the typical green cases that XBOX games usually come in.

                Because you are the controller, Kinect allows you to really interact with games, I like dance central and you have to dance, you actually have to move your body which is better than the Wii as you can cheat with the Wii dance games by simply shaking the remote a bit!

                The Kinect makes gameplay so much fun and from a fitness perspective is fantastic, as you get a real good workout.

                It looks nice and neat on top of or under the TV, you get a slim black strip with a camera in the middle of the bar, it's glossy back in colour.

                Using this is fantastic, just like the Wii but better! The fact that there's no controller as such seeing as you are the controller makes it so much fun, if you have played the Wii before you will notice that this is much more fluid like and movements are picked up better.
                A fab bit of equipment!

                Priced at around £120 it isn't cheap for what it is, but you can get some great deals where you can buy Kinect and an Xbox 360 slim for around £150.
                Kinect usually comes with Kinect sports which is a brilliant game filled with lots of different mini games.

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                08.11.2011 23:58

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                Buy it but in 6 months!!

                I purchased a Xbox Kinect a few month ago as I'd played one instore and was impressed with the graphics and accuracy of the motion sensors.

                I purchased it with kinect sports and I was very impressed with the accuracy of the motion capture and the games that were available to play and when I've had friends round they have loved getting involved and playing on it.

                I think the one thing that lets the kinect down at the moment is the lack of decent titles available as it is extremely slim pickings. I've tried a few games out and at the moment I've found that the kinect sports is the only one that has really impressed me and I'm looking forward to season 2 coming out. I'm sure this will improve in the near future when more and more games are released.

                It is a great piece of kit but I would wait until more titles are released.

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            • Product Details

              Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary ways - no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in.

              With Kinect, technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of you shine through.

              Technical Data

              Product Description: Microsoft Kinect - motion sensor - wired
              Product Type: Motion sensor
              Connectivity Technology: Wired
              Designed For: Xbox 360, Xbox 360 S
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